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Season of Hope – Lent 2018

Lutheran World Relief invites you to partner with us this Lent and energize your congregation for global good. This is an opportunity to show your congregation the impact they can make in the lives of poor and struggling families around the world.

As we walk through the season of Lent together, announce to the world that the Hope of Christ makes a new season possible – a SEASON OF HOPE. This Lent, we invite you to:

Give | Make | Worship | Pray


Yes, my congregation is joining Season of Hope!



Direct your congregation’s Lenten offering to LWR and bring a Season of Hope to your brothers and sisters in poverty around the world. Your generosity will help families in some of the world’s poorest communities lift themselves up and find increased stability and dignity.

Give Online

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By Mail

Collect weekly offerings, then print and mail your donation form.
Download Donation Form

Order LWR offering envelopes to place in the pews throughout Lent






PASTORS: Inspire your congregation’s gifts with a special homily series featuring stories of the families you reach with LWR, centered on Matthew 25:34-46. Download notes, including reflection questions to help put the story in the context of your congregation’s life, and images to share over the five weeks of Lent.

Download LWR’s Season of Hope Midweek Lent Service Homily Notes












Assemble Personal Care Kits for families in need around the world. Simple items – a soap, a towel, a toothbrush – can offer hope for families coping with war, poverty and disaster.

Downloadable assembly instructions and signs, LWR’s Personal Care Kit Leader Guide and bulletin inserts (for Sunday and Wednesday services) are available to guide your congregation.

Games, Bible studies and educational activities to help participants of all ages learn about the difference they are making as they assemble LWR Personal Care Kits!
Follow these important guidelines for collecting, assembling and packing Personal Care Kits
Personal Care Kits Project Promise Brand
Make your congregation’s Personal Care Kit Assembly even easier with detailed signs
Download Bulletin Inserts for Sundays in Lent
Download bulletin inserts for Wednesdays in Lent












Sending and Tracking Your Kits


You can either locate a local Ingathering site or ship your prepaid boxes directly to one of these warehouses. The warehouses accept Kits year-round. Please call ahead for driving directions and hours of operation if you wish to personally deliver your donations.

Want to know where your Kits go? Use LWR’s Quilt and Kit Tracker to create and print barcodes to include with your shipment. Then, your congregation can track your gifts as they reach those in need all around the world.



On Palm Sunday, wave palms and deliver hope for the hands that harvested them: ECO-PALMS! The farmers who harvest, sort and package Eco-Palms are paid fairly for their work and use harvesting methods that protect the environment – and their future livelihoods – so they can escape the cycle of poverty.

Starting January 18, order Eco-Palms online or call 651.487.7189. You must place your order by March 4 to receive your palms by Palm Sunday.

Download a bulletin insert for use in your congregation
Download a children’s activity sheet for your congregation











“Pray in the Spirit at all times in every prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert and always persevere in supplication for all the saints.” – Ephesians 6:18 (NRSV)

Please pray for our brothers and sisters living in poverty that they may lift themselves up and find increased stability and dignity.

LWR has created a collection of weekly devotionals written by Lutherans in the U.S. and LWR staff around the world reflecting on their faith, which calls them to proclaim hope for those in need. Each devotional will be published on LWR’s blogand you can also sign up to receive the devotionals and other resources directly to your email inbox.


“Let Me See” – Lindsay Lombardo

Join in song this Season of Hope with an anthem written for LWR. Sign up here to receive the audio file and sheet music.


If you have any questions about Season of Hope, please contact us at 800.597.5972 or at

Thank you for journeying with LWR this Lent!